Drew Boylhart April 2008

Eric Foster   DE/OLB   Rutgers   

 

STRENGTHS

Eric is a football player.  He has excellent "in the box" quickness and does a great job analyzing a play before, during and after it has happened.  Eric has terrific instincts, reactions and is a head up, wrap up, squeeze and drive tackler.  He exhibits good leadership skills and is a smart player who understands situational football.  He loves to win and he does not care how his team accomplishes winning as long as they win.  The team that signs Eric will be signing a player who will learn and play any position asked of him as long as he can get on the field and help his team win.  Eric wants to be an NFL player -- that is his main goal.    

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

He is too small to be a DT, not fast enough to be an LB, not big enough to be a DE and, in spite of all that, I think he will be a core player for the team that drafts him.  I'm not sure what position he'll play, but you can see that Eric needs to be an NFL football player.      

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND 5

Eric is just an instinctive football player.  He is the type of player that may not have a set position now, but my advice is to just draft him and then find out how he fits into your system afterwards.  Maybe he is just a situational pass rusher or an OLB in a 3-4 defense or maybe, he is just a special teams player; the truth is that a player like Eric belongs on the football field.  He reminds me a little of Mike Vrabel (OLB NE Patriots), but he is more explosive.  I'm not sure if he has all the skills needed to be a true OLB, but he does have the instincts and quickness and is a hell of a tackler.  Those skills alone are worth drafting the kid and seeing where he fits on your team.  I would think that teams like the Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, Cowboys or any other 3-4 defense teams would be interested in drafting Eric.  I know this kid is going to help the team that drafts him in some capacity and I know the fans are going to love him as well.  He might not be drafted at all, but all I can say is keep track of this kid.  He is a pure football player and I suspect if you look up the words "football player" in the dictionary - a picture of Eric will be there.